COUNT­DOWN TO 25

IN AN­TIC­I­PA­TION OF OCEAN DRIVE’S 25TH AN­NIVER­SARY THIS COM­ING JAN­UARY, WE TAKE A LOOK BACK AT SOME OF OUR MOST MEM­O­RABLE MO­MENTS.

Ocean Drive - - Front Runner - BY JARED SHAPIRO

Long be­fore Ocean Drive be­came known as an in­ter­na­tional glossy sen­sa­tion, cater­ing to read­ers from all over the world, it was a fledg­ling up­start pub­li­ca­tion stamp­ing its im­print on Mi­ami Beach in 1993. And so who bet­ter to grace the in­au­gu­ral year’s July Fourth is­sue than lo­cal Mi­ami model Niki Tay­lor? Shot by pho­tog­ra­pher Jean Re­nard at var­i­ous Mi­ami lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing The Bilt­more and Cran­don Park, the four-page swim spread of the blonde cover girl was the first of sev­eral Ocean Drive cov­ers for Tay­lor, in­clud­ing one in 1995 along­side her now late sis­ter, Krissy. Tay­lor would go on to ap­pear on some of the world’s most prom­i­nent ti­tles, and in May 1996, she was fea­tured on the cov­ers of six in the same month: Al­lure, Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Self, and Shape. Other cover stars dur­ing that ground­break­ing year at Ocean Drive in­cluded Clau­dia Schif­fer, Stephanie Sey­mour, and Glo­ria Este­fan. The leg­endary “Shot on Site” pho­tos—which are fa­mous to­day for its de­pic­tions of high-oc­tane celebri­ties, col­or­ful clubs, and nights out on one of the most ex­cit­ing towns on the planet—started as blackand-whites from joints like News Cafe, War­saw Bo­hemia, The Strand, and Bang. It was $28 for a year­long sub­scrip­tion, and ads in­side the mag­a­zine ranged from a spread on Este­fan’s new all-span­ish al­bum, Mi Tierra, to a full-page flyer for club Les Bains, to a small quar­ter-page ad from Dacra Realty, now known as the dom­i­nant force be­hind the sev­eral-bil­lion­dol­lar Mi­ami De­sign District. Glo­ria Este­fan, beau­ti­ful cover mod­els, “Shot on Site,” and Mi­ami Beach? It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same. Stay tuned to Ocean Drive’s next is­sue for more #OD25 news…

All-amer­i­can beauty Niki Tay­lor sports a sim­ple white one-piece on the cover of Ocean Drive’s July is­sue in 1993—the mag­a­zine’s first year of pub­li­ca­tion.

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